NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Grand Valley State University - Main Campus

Program: Psychology

Students who major is psychology find jobs in such human services settings as mental hospitals, residential institutions for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, alcohol and drug centers, juvenile correctional facilities, and vocational rehabilitation centers. Grand Valley State University offers a wide range of courses in the undergraduate curriculum from developmental psychology to social psychology and neuropsychology to clinical psychology.

Admission Criteria

  1. Admission GPA 2.5.
  2. Degrees are offered in Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science.
    1. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Students may choose another foreign language than Spanish but it may be difficult to complete due to limited offerings. American Sign Language does not count at a foreign language at GVSU.
    2. Students seeking the Bachelors of Science degree should take MTH 131, Probability and Statistics.
  3. GVSU's website with Program Information | GVSU Transfer Guide
  4. GVSU Pledge Program for Free Tuition for Qualified MI Residents

Basic Requirements

The following courses will complete requirements for an Associate in Arts degree, and most of the general education requirements from GVSU. Students are strongly encouraged to stay in contact with a GVSU advisor for any program updates. 

NOTE: Both a Global Perspective and a U.S. Diversity course are required to receive a bachelor's degree from GVSU. NMC courses that transfer as Global Perspective or US Diversity can be chosen from Humanities or Social Science and will double count. For example, ANT 113 will count as both a Social Science and a Global Perspective class. Refer to GVSU's general education guide: gvsu.edu/gened/

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED."

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111 English Composition


ENG 112 English Composition




GVSU Global Perspective requirement (select one course here or one course under Social Science): ART 111, ART 112, ENG 241, ENG 246, ENG 247, ENG 254, ENG 263, ENG 271, FRN 202, GRM 202, HST 101, HST 102, HST 228, HST 235, HUM 116, PHL 121, PHL 122, SPN 202.

GVSU U.S. Diversity requirement (select one course here or one course under Social Science): ART 114, ENG 242, ENG 245, HST 111, HST 112, HST 211, HST 212, HST 213, HST 225, MUS 111.

Select a total of 6 credits representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities list


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB


Social Science


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology


PSY 211 Developmental Psychology


EDU 212  Educating Exceptional Children


PSY 221 Psychology of the Personality


PSY 223 Social Psychology


PSY 250 Abnormal Psychology


Select 1 course, not PSY, from the Group 1 Social Science list (It may be one of the courses listed below)


GVSU Global Perspective requirement (select one course here or one course under Humanities): ANT 113, GEO 109, PLS 132, PLS 211.

GVSU U.S. Diversity requirement (select one course here or one course under Humanities) SOC 201, SOC 220.



MTH 131 Probability and Statistics


Additional Requirements


NOTE: Students may choose a Bachelor in Arts or Science. For a Bachelor in Arts, choose 3 semesters of a foreign language. (The 3rd semester of a foreign language will count toward a humanities listed above.)

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023